SA’s broadband speed doubled in two years – here’s how it compares to the rest of the world
- A new global study shows that South Africa's mean broadband download speed doubled in the past two years to 14.1Mbps.
- While this is faster than in countries like India and Saudi Arabia, South Africa only ranks 97th in the world.
- While in SA it will take 48 minutes to download a 5GB movie - in Liechtenstein it will take fewer than three minutes.
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South Africa’s mean broadband speed doubled in the past two years, and is faster than the world average.
But it remains much slower than in countries like Brazil, Sri Lanka and Kosovo – and is ranked 97th in the world, out of 211 countries and territories, according to a new study which analysed more than 557 million broadband speed tests worldwide. As recently as 2018, SA was in the 76th position
The research was designed and compiled by Cable.co.uk, and the data gathered by open-source project M-Lab, with teams from Code for Science and Society, New America's Open Technology Institute, Google, Princeton University's PlanetLab, and other supporting partners.
The study found that the average download speed globally is 24.84 megabits per second (Mbps), while the average time it would take to download a 5GB movie is more than two hours and 12 minutes.
In South Africa, the mean download speed is 14.1Mbps – from 6.38Mbps in 2018. In 2020, it will take on average around 48 minutes to download a 5GB movie. This is massive improvement from two years ago – when it took almost an hour longer.
But in the fastest internet territory in the world, Liechtenstein, it takes less than three minutes to download a 5GB movie.
Liechtenstein tops the table at 229.98Mbps, compared to last-place South Sudan, which is 394 times slower at just 0.58Mbps.
Some 32 of the top 50 fastest-performing countries are located in Europe - by contrast, 32 of the 50 slowest-performing countries are in Sub-Saharan or Northern Africa.
While broadband speeds in South Africa beat India (13.46Mbps), Vietnam (13.41Mbps) and Saudi Arabia (12.67Mbps), local internet is slower than South American countries like Uruguay (22.16Mbps), Brazil (17.89Mbps) and Chile (16.10Mbps).
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